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Understanding Trauma

Lifestyle & Fitness • by Paul de Beyer • 15 September 2020
At some point in our lives we’re all likely to experience some form of traumatic experience, something that will stay with us for a long time, and, potentially, change the way we see the world.

Understanding how to identify and deal with that trauma can go a long way in helping you recover from it.

What is Trauma?

Trauma is an extreme or disturbing event that leaves you with a feeling of being overwhelmed and distressed for a period of time afterwards.

Traumatic events can be both physical and psychological which can include any types of physical violence like a mugging or motor vehicle accident, or psychological abuse such as bullying.

After experiencing a traumatic event, the body can experience symptoms in two distinct patterns:

Signs of Trauma

  1. Physical symptoms include trembling, shaking, nausea, headaches, sweating and tiredness
  2. Difficulty dealing with normal aspects of life like sleep, appetite or sex-drive
  3. Deep physiological symptoms like anxiety, fear, sadness, feelings of loss, difficulty concentrating or remembering, anger, irritability and an overwhelming feeling of loneliness and senselessness
  4. Reliving or flashbacks to the event are commonplace
  5. Avoiding situations or thoughts that are associated with the traumatic event

Each person will experience trauma in a different way, and the signs can vary from person to person. There may be other signs that are unique to each situation. If you’ve experienced trauma and are suffering any signs that are not normal for you, you should visit your GP immediately.

Dealing with Trauma

If you do believe you’ve experienced a traumatic event, there are a few immediate steps you can take to help understand and process the event:

If you’re a GetSavvi Health member and have experienced a traumatic event, you have free access to our Care Centre hotline 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Our Care Centre is staffed by trained medical personnel with extensive experience. Your calls are 100% confidential and this benefit is available to all GetSavvi Health members, regardless of what plan you’re on.

If you‘re not a GetSavvi Health member, click here to sign up for a free, no obligations quote.


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